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Huddle’s ‘Collaborative’ Cloud Offering Latest to Get FedRAMP Seal of Approval

March 26, 2015 Huddle’s secure cloud collaboration service is the latest offering to meet security standards set by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program -- the government’s uniform baseline standards for cloud computing offerings. The London-based company announced Thursday its compliance, following “an “extremely important” yearlong process to certify that its cloud-based...

Does the Customer Know Best When it Comes to Federal Services?

March 24, 2015 Former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson came to work for the U.S. government last year leading the rapid fix of the Obama administration’s high-profile botched rollout of HealthCare.gov. The site’s doomed launch -- complete with technology flaws and procurement mishaps -- earned its share of bad press. But lost in the...

Cloud for Public Good: Amazon Now Hosts Largest Public Collection of Satellite Imagery

March 20, 2015 Amazon Web Services is the most well-known and probably the most used cloud provider in the federal government, reaping rewards from innovative efforts in the intelligence community, Defense Department and civilian government. Yet, the company that turned cloud computing into a lucrative business doesn’t mind pitching in free services from...

Here Are the Agencies That Let Their Scientists Speak (and Tweet) Freely

March 20, 2015 Science is awesome. It’s a fact, and if you don’t believe me, check out NASA’s imagery, the Interior Department’s amazing Instagram account or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s futuristic efforts. Or just binge watch “Breaking Bad” like the rest of us and learn the importance chemistry plays in people’s...

Another Gender Equality Fail: Top Tech Execs Still Clueless About Women

March 17, 2015 Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is a brilliant businessman and a certified billionaire nine times over, but he doesn’t appear to have a clue about gender equality or women in technology. That much was obvious Monday when Schmidt repeatedly talked over and interrupted fellow South by Southwest panelist U.S. Chief Technology...

Can HP's 'Security-as-a-Service' Product Change How Agencies Secure Apps?

March 17, 2015 HP bills its latest security software offering to government customers as the first cloud-based “security software-as-a-service” solution to meet requirements under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. In truth, HP’s latest offering, HP Fortify on Demand, is unique among FedRAMP’s growing list of compliant solutions. Government customers can use...

Why ‘Cloud is Here to Stay’

March 16, 2015 In most cases, Public Enemy’s “Don’t Believe the Hype” is an appropriate response to buzzwords and jargon generated to describe the latest innovations in technology. You’ve heard it all before over the years: You aren’t connected without a pager. Virtualization will save your organization. Big data will fix your agency’s...

DISA Drops $1.6B Contract after Controversy

March 16, 2015 The Pentagon has pulled back its plans to award a $1.6 billion contract re-up to VMware after several companies protested the award in February. The Defense Department’s cancellation of its joint enterprise licensing agreement with VMware allowed the Government Accountability Office to dismiss bid protests filed by Amazon Web Services,...

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Putting People First

March 12, 2015 As deputy executive director at 18F, the federal government’s digital services team, Hillary Hartley’s job is to put customers at the forefront of any technology project. The bit of irony for this small-town Kansas gal turned big-city tech innovator is that if 18F—part of the General Services Administration—is truly successful...

Hillary’s Email Excuse: I Didn’t Want to Carry 2 Phones

March 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited explanation for her private "homebrew" email system that seemingly bypassed the Freedom of Information Act and rendered inaccessible half the 60,000 emails she sent as secretary of state was as underwhelming as it was telling. Speaking during a press conference at the United Nations, Clinton told reporters...